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      Nursing Interns’ Perceptions of Telenursing: Implications for Nursing Education

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          Abstract

          Background

          Telemedicine is a fast-emerging health sector in India. While nurses play an important role in delivering healthcare services through telemedicine, little is known about whether nursing interns are prepared adequately.

          Aim

          To evaluate nursing interns’ perceptions of telenursing and to find out their opinion on whether telenursing should be added to the curriculum.

          Methods

          This was a cross-sectional descriptive survey carried out among conveniently selected nursing interns ( N = 183) from renowned colleges in Bangalore, South India. The data were collected using a self-reported questionnaire.

          Results

          In this study, a majority of the participants had smartphones (74.8%), were accessible to the internet (96.7%), and were using the internet for more than 3 h/day (73.3%). While a majority (65.6%) of the participants were able to correctly identify the definition of telenursing, only 33.9% of them rightly answered the definition of telemedicine. Most of the participants indicated that the inclusion of telenursing in undergraduate studies would be useful for future healthcare workers (92.4%), and telenursing can be practiced in all the medical specialties.

          Conclusion

          The majority of the nursing interns hold positive perceptions of telenursing and acknowledge its usefulness in nursing practice. However, their knowledge of telenursing is limited. Hence, the findings strongly suggest the need to introduce concepts of telenursing in curricula to prepare future healthcare providers to be able to provide safe and competent care in a highly technical and digital environment.

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                Author and article information

                Journal
                TMT
                Telehealth and Medicine Today
                Open Academia
                2471-6960
                23 April 2021
                2021
                : 6
                Affiliations
                [1 ]College of Nursing, Department of Nursing, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Institute of National Importance), Bangalore, India
                [2 ]Medical Internee, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore, India
                [3 ]Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (Institute of National Importance), Bangalore, India
                Author notes
                [* ]Correspondence: P. Vijayalakshmi. Email: pvijayalakshmireddy@ 123456gmail.com
                Article
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                10.30953/tmt.v6.258
                © 2021 The Authors

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